'The Future of Computing ' - CETC seminar


Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club's new season of meetings kicks off with Andrew Herbert from Microsoft Research, Ian White from Cambridge University and Keith Clarke from Arm UK, speaking on the subject of 'The Future of Computing'.

At the event, which takes place at TWI, Granta Park, Cambridge, next Thursday (29th September) from 6pm, our speakers will seek to cover the interrelated subjects of hardware, software and communications in tomorrow's computers.

Andrew Herbert is Managing Director of Microsoft Research Ltd in Cambridge. Originally a PhD student and lecturer in the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, he found his way to Microsoft via running his own research consulting company (APM Ltd), which spun out an Internet start-up (Digitivity) that in turn was acquired by Citrix Systems where he was Director of Advanced Technology. Andrew's personal interests are in computer operating systems, computer networking and distributed computing. Outside of work he is an enthusiastic week-end pilot.

Microsoft Research Cambridge was founded in 1997 as Microsoft's first overseas corporate research laboratory and now houses 90 post doctoral researchers with associated support staff, visiting scientists and student interns.

The laboratory boasts three Fellows of the Royal Society, Three Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, two fellows of the ACM and two of the BCS. The laboratory conducts research into machine learning and perception; programming principles and tools, computer-mediated living and operating systems and networks. In addition through its External Research Office the laboratory supports work at the boundaries of computing and other fields, particular in computational science, intelligent environments and novel computing paradigms.

Andrew will talk about how the rapid evolution of computer hardware in the past 25 years has revolutionized the way we think about developing computer software and the applications we can bring to market. Andrew will look at several traditional assumptions about personal computer software that no longer hold and their implications for computing in the 21st Century.

Ian White gained his BA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge, England in 1980 and 1984. He then received academic appointments at Cambridge, became Professor of Physics at Bath and Head of the Department at Bristol.

He returned to the University of Cambridge in October 2001, and is currently Chair of the School of Technology and Head of the Photonics Research activity in the Engineering Department. His current research interests are in the area of high speed communication systems, local area networks using optical links, ultrafast photonics and photonic components.

Ian is currently an editor of Optical and Quantum Electronics and an honorary editor of Electronics Letters. He has published in excess of 400 publications and 20 patents.

The Department of Engineering is the largest department in the University of Cambridge and is one of Europe's largest integrated engineering departments.

The Electrical Division of the department includes the Photonics Research Group comprising Photonics and Sensors, Photonic Communication Systems and Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics. The Photonics Research Group currently has research grants of over 8M.

Ian will talk on how optical communications technology may solve some of the problems encountered in moving large amounts of information around within tomorrow's computers.

Keith Clarke graduated from Southampton University in 1989 and then spent three years designing ASICs for the aerospace industry. Keith has been working at ARM since 1993, initially on ASICs and then was part of the team that developed the ARM7TDMI processor.

After working in both the System on Chip and Processor Groups, Keith rose to VP Engineering and in mid 2005 moved to VP Technical Marketing. He is a Chartered Member of the IEE.

ARM develops class leading silicon and software IP and Tools for the world's leading Semi-conductor and Original Equipment Manufacturers. In 2004, ARM's partners shipped over 1 billion ARM microprocessor powered chips used in a multitude products, including Mobile Phones, Digital Cameras, Automotive Systems, Printers and many more. ARM's 2004 turnover was 152M and has made a profit every year since 1993, 2 years after its creation.

Keith will talk about trends in the silicon industry and the likely impact on Embedded Computing Systems in the future.

Finger buffet at 18:00. Seminar starts 18:30.

CETC - The Future of Computing

Cost: Free to CETC members, 5 for member's guest; 10 to non-members.

CETC Membership costs for the calendar year are 35 for individuals and 60 for companies. This entitles the individual or up to three employees of the company to attend meetings free of charge.


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